Emus win gold at AST

Emus win gold at AST

The Australian Under 19 Men's Emus team have taken gold at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament, in Germany over night, defeating the German U18 team 51-68.


Mitchell Creek continued his dominance with a game high of 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, to be named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Creek was also the Emus top points and rebounds scorer for the tournament.

The Germans were off early with six on the board before Emus Captain Hugh Greenwood and Jackson Aldridge connected from long range (6-6, three minutes in). Germany continued to score well before the Aussies got six in a row taking out the first period, 11-16.

In the second, forward Igor Hadziomerovic drilled his second triple of the game to go with another long jumper. To be shortly followed by Aldridge who drove past his man to go for an easy layup but to be denied by German Phillip Neumann, crushing the ball against the board. The Emus switched to zone defense and Germany took its time as the Aussies opened up their half of the court, but Patrick Heckmann, who missed on two layups earlier in the contest, finally connected on a runner to close the gap. The Germans taking the second quarter 12-9, but still behind the Aussies by one.

In the third, Greenwood found his shooting touch, knocking down an overall third three pointer within three consecutive possessions, (30-36, 25 min.). Mathis Mönninghoff, pulled Germany within three (38-41, 29min), but Australia carried its lead into the fourth quarter, 42-46.

Germany was on the verge of tying things up, but Mitchell Creek had other plans and scored five quick points, almost extending the lead to double digits. Lars Wendt hit a triple to close the gap. Before Greenwood went for back-to-back layups as the Germans called for time, 47-57, at 36 minutes. Back on court the Australian squad shifted up another gear to finally seal the game. German set up a trap defense, but Creek cracked it running down the lane for one fine reverse slam, taking the game 51-68.

Aldridge scored 16 points and matched Creek’s seven rebounds for the game.
Igor Hadziomerovic and Greenwood also reached double figures, scoring 13 and 12 respectively.

Australia finished the tournament with one loss against Spain beating Israel, Greece, Croatia, USA and the German U17 team to get into their second final from nine years of competing at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Previous medals were; silver in 1998 and bronze in 2008.

Final Score: Germany U18 51 lost to Australia 68

1st Quarter: 11 – 16
2nd Quarter: 23 – 24  (12-8)
3rd Quarter: 42 – 46  (19-22)
4th Quarter: 51 – 68  (9-22)

Additional information sourced from www.ast-basketball.de